USAID’s Feeder Roads Alternative and Maintenance Program

Woman stands in front of her newly reconstructed home

Cardno’s construction supervision and capacity building activity in Liberia is connecting local communities with services, markets and jobs, and giving them greater ownership of their feeder roads.

Cardno is guiding the construction and maintenance of much-needed rural feeder roads in Liberia to help facilitate economic growth while improving local capacity, work and business opportunities, and livelihoods. 

Liberia has a lack of reliable roads, either because they don’t exist or they are impassable due to seasonal heavy rains. This is affecting the nation’s economic growth, as it prevents rural communities from accessing essential products and public services, such as education, healthcare, water, and markets to sell crops and goods. 

While a few hundred kilometers of primary paved roads carry the bulk of commercial traffic, thousands of kilometers of feeder roads provide access to most Liberians’ homes and farms. Nearly all are basic tracks with no surfacing or side drainage. These rural roads can be difficult to travel on in the dry season, and nearly impossible during the rainy season.   

Workers on rural road in Liberia

To be reliable, roads must be well-designed, properly-constructed, and regularly maintained.   

FRAMP follows on from USAID’s Engineering Services for Rural Roads Rehabilitation (ES3R) project, in which Cardno was a key implementer. Through FRAMP, Cardno is not only overseeing the rehabilitation of 450km of rural roads, but is also developing a community-based maintenance system to sustain progress, and is training local construction firms, public sector engineers, planners, and community-based organizations (CBOs) to manage the road network. The program is testing and using some of the most cutting-edge road construction methods currently available.